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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish film-maker, writer and refugee who has documented life inside the Australian offshore immigration camp on Manus Island, poses for a portrait in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand immigration on Friday confirmed that Boochani, who fled Iran and then exposed Australia’s degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years, has been granted refugee status in New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Journalist held for 6 years gains New Zealand refugee status

Jul. 24, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A journalist who fled Iran and then exposed Australia's degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years has been granted refugee status in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand on Friday confirmed that Behrouz Boochani had been given the...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file image made from video, Brenton Harrison Tarrant appears in a screen via video link in Christchurch, New Zealand. The man who has admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, 2019 has dismissed his legal team and will represent himself at a sentencing hearing next month. Tarrant’s sentencing hearing, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, will begin in Christchurch on Aug. 24. (TVNZ Pool via AP, File)

New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing

Jul. 13, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced next month. Brenton Harrison Tarrant had pleaded guilty in March to 51 charges of...